As usual, my post has a funny ending. However, since the “ending” by definition should not be at the beginning, I will save that story for later.
Since I had found only four of the salad plates, I put back the oblong tablecloth and bought the round cloth and all of the napkins.
When I arrived home, I searched the internet and found that Onieda had the same plates on sale on their website. Hooray! I ordered four more salad plates and, also, ordered four round brown “Culinaria” dinner plates.
But then, I realized that I had a problem. I had eight napkins and I would have eight salad plates, when they arrived - oh, no!! I had left the long tablecloth behind at TJ Maxx! The next time I visited the same TJ Maxx, I went in with a heavy heart thinking there would be no way that they tablecloth would still be there. My lucky day!!! Not only was it there, but it had been marked down five more dollars!!!
When I arrived home, I realized that my definition of “large” was a little off - these glasses were enormous! Each one was almost like a vase and I did not realize it in the store, because they were not sitting next to any other tableware. Back they went to the store.
By the way, at this point I had decided that I loved my JC Penny “Pearl” dinner plates with the setting. They are dark yellow and really help to bring out the gold color in the tablecloth. Also, at this point, my Oneida plates had not arrived - wonder why? Everything else that I had ordered was already here!
For days and days, the table stayed that way without the last two Onieda plates that I needed for a six person table. I could not do a table for eight, because I had only six glasses. Suddenly, I received an e-mail from Paypal (not Oneida, if you can believe it!) stating that Oneida had refunded some money to my account, but not the full amount of my purchase.
Panic took over - which set of plates didn’t they have in stock??? What could I do, if the last four salad plates did not arrive?
About a week later, the package from Oneida finally made it to my door. A sinking feeling came over me, as I brought it inside. I almost did not want to cut open the tape, but I did. I peered into the box and still could not tell what color the plates were inside, because of all of the wrapping materials. As I dug into the wrapping, I finally spied a corner of BLUE, not brown. The salad plates were inside and not the brown dinner plates. I am living right, I cried out! Aha, fortunate readers, you stuck with me, until the happy ending!
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